The Baby Goes Beep

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See how the baby goes...

Beep... Boom... Flip

Yum... Splash... Smooch!

Busy Baby!

A baby makes various sounds as he explores the world around him.

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See how the baby goes...

Beep... Boom... Flip

Yum... Splash... Smooch!

Busy Baby!

A baby makes various sounds as he explores the world around him.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Every once in a very great while a book is published that actually works better as a board book for babies than as a conventional paper book for slightly older readers. This joyous celebration is one of them. Babies and their parents are in for a real treat with this reissue of a now-out-of-print paper book. "The baby goes Beep / The baby goes Beep Beep Beep Beep"—and boom, flip, yum, splash, smooch and, finally, shh, all in the same can't-keep-from-chanting rhythm. Wilson-Max's heavy black outlines and bright, thickly applied colors provide the perfect definition for the images. This pink baby (with a tuft of black hair) is clearly the best thing that ever happened to this set of parents, and this book is one of the best things that will happen to those babies lucky enough to encounter it. (Board book. 3 mos.-18 mos.)
Publishers Weekly
Wilson-Max (Tickle Tickle) transforms O'Connell's onomatopoeic baby sounds into the rhythmic accompaniment to a toddler's daily routine. He begins with the endpapers, portraying the baby in his or her car seat with its own steering wheel, on which "the baby goes Beep" as the father drives. For the most part, the artist's paintings effortlessly connect the scenes, as the baby goes from car to house "beep beep[ing]" the father's nose. When "the baby goes Splash," using a spoon to send food flying over high chair, bib and face, the artist makes a smooth transition to the tub on the next spread, where "the baby goes Splash Splash Splash Splash"; whale, frog, ducks, ball and boat float merrily alongside the now squeaky-clean star. After a "Smooch" goodnight, the baby goes "Shh" in the crib alongside a tuckered out mother and father. But the parting scene shows that Baby is just getting started (standing up, wide awake in the crib). All babies will recognize the important elements of their day in these energetic scenes, and should chime right in with the familiar sounds. Ages 6 mos.-3 yrs. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The world of a baby is experienced through repetition of rhythmic sounds and colorful sights. Illustrator Ken Wilson-Max blends his simple, bright drawings with librarian-writer Rebecca O'Connell's intuitive understanding of this learning process. The result is a vehicle for lively, read-aloud fun constructed from a childlike point of view. Beginning with the cover and endpapers, the large art shows a baby's enjoyment in sitting behind a toy steering wheel attached to his car seat. The baby goes beep. The book closes with a nighttime scene all parents will recognize—bedtime with a wide-awake baby standing in his crib. The baby goes shh. The playful words throughout are easy enough to imitate, and the art is large enough to capture baby's attention. Parents, grandparents, babysitters, caregivers and older siblings can identify with baby's routine and will love participating in baby's enjoyment reading after reading. It is sure to be a favorite and a welcomed addition to any young child's library. 2003, Roaring Brook Press/The Millbrook Press, Ages 3 mo. to 3.
— Francine Thomas
School Library Journal
PreS-O'Connell uses rhythmic verses and familiar sound effects to portray a busy toddler's full day. The simple, repetitive text ("The baby goes Yum/The baby goes Yum Yum/The baby goes Yum Yum Yum Yum") will appeal to the very youngest listeners. Featuring bright colors and bold, clunky shapes outlined in black, the uncluttered illustrations perfectly complement the text. The joy of this active child's explorations and the comforting presence of his/her loving mother and father will not be lost on the intended audience.-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807505083
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 16
  • Sales rank: 1,394,389
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca O'Connell says, "In eleven years as a librarian, I've led more than 2,000 story times. The rhythm and pacing of a read-aloud got into my head and came out as The Baby Goes Beep."

Ms. O'Connell lives in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband, son and three cats.

Ken Wilson-Max says, "When I first read The Baby Goes Beep text, I immediately liked its liveliness and sense of fun. Then I worked out my vision of the baby's day.

Mr. Wilson-Max trained as a graphic designer in Zimbabwe, where he was born. He now lives in London, where he illustrates picture books in a variety of formats.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2003

    The New MUST HAVE in Children's Books

    The Baby Goes Beep has a great lilting rhythm to its text, making it easy to read and even easier for toddlers to remember! Having a delightful story to follow makes it even better, especially when you consider the 'read it again!' factor! My toddler wanted this book for himself and after we read it to him one time, he started 'reading' it to his baby sister. The illustrations are beautiful! The Baby Goes Beep has become a MUST READ in our family and should be a staple in every parents' library! Kudos to Ms O'Connell for capturing the fun-loving spirit of a toddler!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    Great for babies and toddlers!

    This book has a wonderful rhythmic pattern of words. Our friend's child quickly got caught up in the rhythms and recited parts with us. The pictures are very appealing, and there's a real sense of fun throughout this book!

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